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Connecting, sharing knowledge, and applying innovations to improve services


The International Initiative for Mental Health Leadership (IIMHL) and the International Initiative for Disability Leadership (IIDL) are international learning collaboratives for mental health, addiction and disability leaders.

IIMHL and IIDL help leaders connect, share knowledge, and apply innovations to improve services. IIMHL and IIDL are government-funded initiatives.

For IIMHL please contact Janet Peters, the IIMHL liaison for New Zealand.

New Zealand's involvement in IIMHL

Nine countries participate in IIMHL: New Zealand, USA, England, Scotland, Republic of Ireland, Canada, Sweden, The Netherlands and Australia.

New Zealand is a founding member of IIMHL. Te Pou funds a staff member to work on planning, liaison and evaluation for IIMHL.

IIMHL and IIDL Leadership Exchange

The 2019 Leadership Exchange was held September 9-13. Matches were held across the US and Canada, with the Network Meeting held in Washington D.C. The theme of the exchange was “Leading the way forward: Access, Accountability & Action”.

See the Network meeting agenda and match topics.

New Zealand was allocated 30 places at the Exchange. A key issue was to ensure members of the New Zealand delegation were equipped and ideally placed to implement recommendations from He Ara Oranga: Report of the Government Inquiry into Mental Health and Addiction.

Learning from the IIMHL New Zealand leaders who attended the 2019 Exchange are available below in the Stories section.

Summaries of the IIMHL 2019 matches are available on the IIMHL website.

How to join

There is no cost to join IIMHL or IIDL.

You can join if you are employed in a leadership role and you are endorsed by your employer or sponsoring organisation, or if you are acknowledged by the sector as having leadership responsibilities. Leadership roles can range from CEO through to Māori leaders, Pacific leaders, clinicians or consumers or family members who work in advocacy roles with leadership responsibilities in services

Key Contact

Contact Jenny Wolf with any queries on IIMHL and IIDL.